United Way of Whitewater Valley is launching the COVID-19 Relief Fund.
UWWV recognizes the potential for economic impact, unpaid absence, illness, or job loss related directly or indirectly to the virus, increased child care needs and the potential risk of not being able to pay housing, utility and food bills due to financial strains.
The Fund will allow not-for-profit partners to apply for additional funding to respond to the short-term, immediate needs of individuals and families that will be impacted by COVID-19 as well as the long term impacts that have yet to be seen.
Organizations that serve populations in need every day will find themselves under-resourced to serve a growing demand for those services. Keeping a strong network of engaged providers will be critical to the health of our community services. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis—allowing resources to adapt and move quickly in response to the evolving needs in subsequent phases.
Donors who wish to help support the COVID 19 Relief Fund can do so here. United Way is underwriting all administrative costs associated with this fund in order to direct 100% of proceeds to address the community’s needs.
Individuals seeking assistance for immediate needs should call 2-1-1, Indiana’s resource referral line in order to find applicable resources.
To donate or find agency resources, see below.
Gateway Hunger Relief Center
Union County Public Library
Centerville Christian Church
Play in the Park
Community Care in Union County
Communities in Schools
2nd Chance Animal Alliance
Covid Assistance for Nonprofits
Take advantage of the SBA 7(a) loan program for nonprofits. The Paycheck Protection Program allows 501(c)(3) charities to immediately take out loans equal to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll expenses. The loans come from traditional banks that have SBA authorization and the SBA provides a 100% guarantee. As long as your United Way does not lay-off staff or reduce salaries, and so long as the loan funds are used to cover payroll expenses, mortgage interest/rent and utilities by June 30, 2020, the loan will be fully forgiven at the end of the year. Download the Paycheck Protection Program Application.
Get an at-a-glance comparison of the financial assistance packages available to nonprofits as outlined by the CARES Act.
Understand more about the implications of the CARES Act for nonprofits by watching this video briefing from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
The Indy Chamber has started the Indy Chamber Rapid Response Hub, a place for nonprofits and small businesses to pose questions.
Indiana is an approved state to receive U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans for nonprofits that are severely impacted by COVID-19. Users report that SBA is taking about 500 applications daily and receipt of funds can take 30+days.
Covid Response Guidance for Nonprofits
Read Governor Holcomb’s Executive Orders here.
Governance in an Emergency
The Chronicle of Philanthropy has created a Coronavirus Resource Hub where nonprofits can gather information about how to operate in and an respond to crisis.
Because in-person board and committee meetings cannot be held right now due to the stay at home order, it is important to understand how to conduct board and committee meetings during this period in a way that honors legal and ethical requirements. Keep the following in mind:
- A board of directors is a deliberative body. Therefore, all long as all members can hear everyone else and have the ability to respond, you can fulfill that responsibility to deliberate before you decide. Both phone and video conferencing provide this ability. Meetings conducted in this manner are legal.
- Voting by email is little trickier as an email vote requires unanimous action. The reason an email vote has to be unanimous is that a split vote indicates a difference of opinion. The inability of board to hear different perspectives on an issue, that may affect the vote, means the board is not fulfilling its responsibility to deliberate. If the vote is unanimous, then there was no need to deliberate. (If someone needs to recuse themselves because of conflict, that’s okay.)
Get more more guidance on board voting, written consents and electronic transmission issues here. Get guidance on continuing business in turbulent times.